KUCHING: The spirit of patriotism must be instilled in the minds of the Malaysian youth.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said technology was not an obstacle for the younger generation to increase their spirit of patriotism.
This is because social media can be used as a medium to spread important celebrations such as Independence Day, Malaysia Day and Sarawak Day.
“The younger generation is now very inclined to surf the internet and they also need to be brought together to be a part of the country’s history.
“To cultivate a spirit of patriotism among young people, we need to use an approach that is in line with their interests.
“If we can’t organise a (physical) programme, we can display the information virtually or online,” he said.
He said this at the prize giving ceremony for an Online Patriotic Song competition held in conjunction with the Malaysia Day 2021 celebration on Saturday (Oct 16).
Twelve persons participated in the competition organised by the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Pantai Damai’s Women wing.
Dr Abdul Rahman who is also the Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply) said the patriotic song competition was another avenue to increase the spirit of patriotism among the younger generation.
“Apart from being able to showcase their singing talents, the young people involved can also increase the spirit of patriotism among them,” he said.
He added that apart from the Independence Day and Malaysia Day celebrations, programmes and activities could also be held to commemorate Sarawak Day on July 22 every year.
“Sarawak Day has been gazetted as an official celebration and we need to celebrate it as well,” he explained.